I want to take this time to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We started a new message series titled "A New Year, A New You!" I know this slogan has been used by many corporations over the years as they head into a new focus for the new year. I told the church we are not pledging a slogan, we are making a commitment in our hearts to allow God to empower us to make a difference this year! I pray you will make a commitment this year to be the new you and to let God be in control of your 2015. I will have some message notes from the series on this page in the next couple of weeks.
We continue to pray for Operation Christmas Child! We were excited to find out our 78 shoe boxes were shipped to Malawi, which is a country of 17.3 million people in Southeast Africa. In Malawi 46% of the population is 14 years old or younger. This year alone Operation Christmas Child shipped 145,152 shoe boxes to the children in this country. Even though Malawi is among the world's least developed countries, it has the nickname "The Warm Heart of Africa. Pray for this country and the families that they find Jesus through this amazing outreach ministry.
I always want to praise God for His blessings and the way He guides and directs our services at Concord. I am so blessed to be pastoring at such an amazing little country Church. I hope to see you at one of our upcoming services, as we come together to worship our amazing Savior! Have a Blessed Week!
Love you all,
I am going to leave the message points from "Let Go and Let God" posted here on the welcome page, as we all need to let God have His way in our lives on a daily basis. Two weeks ago I delivered the message God placed upon my heart titled "Let Go and Let God". God poured out his blessings on the Church in Acts 2:41-47 and He wants to do the same for us today! The four steps we must take as believers to "Let Go and Let God" are the following: 1) Claim Our Power (Acts 1:8), 2) Accept Our Mission (Matthew 28:19), 3) Unite in Love (Matthew 22:37-40), 4) Focus on Our Purpose (Romans 8:28). That same God that saved 3,000 souls on the Day of Pentecost is the same God we serve today! We must unite together as a Church and Impact the world around us for the glory of God! Start each morning by saying, "Lord, What would you have me to do?" When we have a T.G.I.F. day (Today God is First), we truly "Let Go and Let God"! Continue reading below to be part of the wonderful work God has been doing at Concord General Baptist Church.
Folks are truly excited about the growth and vision God has placed upon our hearts. We are excited about all the hard work that has gone into our Junior Church program and are blessed with several workers to help train up our children in the Lord. We are starting back up the Discipleship Training Bible Study on Sunday nights. We will be taking a close look at the Purpose of the Church. The Church enthusiasm has been great to see and I know God is going to further bless through this study.
I also want to send out a thanks to all the visitors we have had over the past few weeks. We would love to have you join us each Sunday, if God places upon your heart to attend our Church. I am so blessed to Pastor at such a wonderful little country Church. I continue to pray God's Will be done at Concord and the entire Bloomfield community, as we seek to grow His Kingdom one soul at a time.
The Holy Spirit continues to work in the lives of our congregation and we are excited about the new commitments God is placing upon our hearts! In 2014 God gave us a theme of being "Committed To A Better Life." We are all guilty at times of making commitments and forgetting about them a few weeks down the road. I have put the outline for this message on the Pastor's Page. I challenge everyone to read it and make those 4 commitments in their lives for God. Future 2014 messages will show up on this home page and then be stored on the Pastor's Page for future reference. I pray the messages speak to your heart this year.
Wednesday nights we continue the great time of fellowship in our weekly Bible study. We are starting a new study on "Discovering Our Spiritual Gifts". I invite you to join us on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m.
I want to invite those in the community who do not have a Church home to come and grow with us this 2014 year. I know God has great plans for Concord and we have been blessed to see God at work through our first three years as Pastor. We continue to pray that God's will be done at all times and He sends new families to worship with us each Sunday. I am a firm believer that with God all things are possible! Concord is a small country Church with a giving heart and a vision to grow God's kingdom.
Please continue to pray for the Church and our staff as we reach out to the community with the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ. Remember if you don't have a Church home, you have a family waiting for you to join us here at Concord General Baptist. I hope to see you at one of our services in the near future. Have a blessed week in the Lord!
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